Decades of old rivals team up in the newly released trailer for The Karate Kid spin-off series Cobra Kai.
Along with the sneak peek of season four, Netflix announced a December 31 release date.
The trailer opens with Ralph Macchio’s Danny LaRusso and William Zapka’s Johnny Lawrence, who were sworn enemies in the original Karate Kid movie and throughout much of the critically acclaimed show, putting aside their differences to train their students together. .
Teaming up at last: The original Karate Kid’s two rivals, Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka) and Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) team up in the new Cobra Kai trailer
Different approaches: while Lawrence preaches that he attacks swiftly and without mercy, LaRusso takes a different approach
Discipline: LaRusso said in the trailer that organization is the only way to get Cobra Kai. defeat
While the former preaches a message of discipline and organization, the latter speaks instead of attacking swiftly and ferociously.
“We bite first!” the former villain cries out as a potential plan to defeat the Cobra Kai dojo led by Lawrence’s former sensei John Kreese. Martin Kove plays the maniacal teacher
Kreese is also in the trailer, working to teach his students how to attack mercilessly in preparation for the All-Valley Karate tournament.
But as Kreese says in the clip, “They’re not the only ones working together.”
The Great Evil: The two former rivals team up to defeat Lawrence’s former sensei, John Kreese
A Dangerous Enemy: Kreese called in at the end of Season 3 an old friend named Terry Silver, seen here, who was last seen in Karate Kid III
Terry Silver, a ruthless master of martial arts last seen in Karate Kid III, returns to the franchise and will help his friend defeat the new alliance between LaRusso and Lawrence.
Thomas Ian Griffith will reprise the role he played in the early film.
Silver needs a few seconds from the trailer to rain down a series of vicious punches on a punching bag.
Meanwhile, the students of the two dojos are hard at work preparing for the fight of their lives.
Ready for war: LaRusso blocks a blow from his daughter, Samantha, as they train for the All-Valley Karate tournament
One of his best: Lawrence got safely behind one of his best students, Miguel played by, with a mean Xolo Maridueña who knew well
LaRusso’s daughter, Samantha, and Lawrence’s best student, Miguel, are shown by their side while Lawrence’s son Robby, played by He’s All That star Tanner Buchanan, trains under Kreese.
LaRusso’s wife, Amanda, ends the trailer by noting how strange the situation they find themselves in.
“If you had told me a year ago that our family’s safety depended on winning a crater tournament, I would have thought you were joking,” said the character, played by Courtney Henggeler. ‘But here we are. Living in the twilight zone.
Son fights father: Robby Keene, played by He’s All That actor Tanner Buchanan, fights on John Kreese’s side against Johnny Lawrence, his father
Brutal approach: Lawrence shows less patience than his counterpart when he throws something at a student
The Twilight Zone: LaRusso’s wife, Amanda, ends the trailer by noting how strange the situation they find themselves in, calling their lives “the Twilight Zone”
It shouldn’t come as much of a shock to fans that the next installment in the series will be out on the last day of 2021.
Season 3 of the show came out on January 1 this year, and the show has consistently tried to release a new episode every year, even though the pandemic has delayed the arrival of the third season.
The show’s creators, Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz, and Hayden Schlossberg, wrote the first episode themselves. They are credited as writers on every episode of the series, and they all directed a number of episodes as well.
Meditation training: Lawrence and LaRusso’s team trains through the art of meditation
Who else can return? Many familiar faces have returned during the show, including Elisabeth Shue who played Ali Mills in the original film
With the return of Thomas Ian Griffith, fans will have to wait and see if more of their favorite characters return to the series.
Last season, Elisabeth Shue returned to her role of Ali Mills from the original film. Yuji Okumoto and Tamlyn Tomita reprise their roles as Chozen and Kumiko, respectively, from the second Karate Kid movie.
Only time will tell if stars like Hilary Swank or Robyn Lively might return to the Karate Kid universe.
The show has already been renewed for a fifth season following its next outing, so if fan favorites don’t show up this season, they still have time to do so.